A 21-year-old Black woman was fatally shot after being chased in Chicago’s South Side, WGN 9 reports.
Oceana Jones was killed early Tuesday morning when she and her boyfriend noticed a group of four to five men following them while they were at a gas station.
The couple felt uncomfortable and decided to run when eventually Jones let go of his hand believing she went to hide, he told WGN.
“They thought I was a gang member from over here, but I wasn’t. I don’t gangbang,” her boyfriend, whose identity isn’t revealed, said. “I’m not from around here. When he shot the gun at me, I ran back through this vacant lot, Oceana said, ‘No,’ That’s when I heard another gunshot.”
Jones was shot in the back and died at the scene.
A fight broke out a vigil for Jones on Tuesday evening, where attendees asked for the killers to be brought to justice, per WGN.
Her boyfriend said that he believes she was a victim of a gang war.
“Words can’t explain. I’m heartbroken. Nobody can bring her back,” he told the station.
A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and a GoFundMe Page has been set up to assist her family.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.